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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 24, 2018

Michigan Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Role in Painkiller Distribution Ring

PITTSBURGH, PA - A Michigan resident has been sentenced in federal court to 72 months of incarceration and four years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiring to possess and distribute opiate pain killers, oxycodone and oxymorphone, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Kavon Dawkins, 24, of Clinton Township, MI.

According to information presented to the court, Dawkins participated in a criminal network of drug dealers that obtained opiate painkillers and then illegally distributed them to users in the Pittsburgh area. He served as a key source of bulk quantities of opiate pills for a network of dealers in Pittsburgh. Dawkins obtained the pills from unknown source of supply in Detroit and then transported significant amounts of pills from Detroit to dealers in the Pittsburgh area. He was arrested in a traffic stop on his way back to Detroit from Pittsburgh, in possession of more than $13,000 in cash, multiple cellular telephones, and a loaded magazine for a handgun.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the New Castle Police Department and the Allegheny County Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Dawkins.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
Updated August 24, 2018